Besides March Madness, the third week of March 2017 marks other noteworthy occasions. Among these, according to Google, are: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, Brain Awareness Week, Girl Scout Week, and Public Defense Week. The value of the first three are self-evident: Breathing. Thinking. Thin Mints.
But why public defense? Isn’t it already inclusively acknowledged in National Law Day (May 1), National Be Kind to Lawyers Day (April 11) and Love Your Lawyer Day (Nov. 3)? Here’s a non-exclusive Top-10 list of why I and my colleagues celebrate a stand-alone week honoring public defense. Of course there are more than these 10 reasons, and we welcome your additions. Read more
A state appeals court points to the common law roots of the “lawyer-witness rule” in overturning a criminal conviction. Read more
Tacoma defense attorney Hayley Fulton examines the differences between boys and girls navigating the juvenile justice system.
The Court of Appeals weighs in on the meaning of “necessary witness” in considering when a trial attorney can be called to the stand in his own case. Read more